Here’s Joe with a frequent collaborator in the 1970s, George Benson, on a great up-tempo guitar and organ swinger, The Cooker.
Here’s Joe along with a who’s who of NY studio royalty backing up the singer’s singer: Luther Vandross.
I’m sad to say that Joe passed away this year, the day before Easter. He was 85 years old and lived a full life. Many people reached out during the services and the weeks after to let his family know how much they loved him, how much they miss him, and how much of an impact he had on… Read More In Memoriam
To Russia With Love (mid 1980s) Mike Abene – Piano George Young – Tenor Sax Brian Brake – Drums Joe Shepley – Producer, Arranger
This track is from an album Joe did back in the late 1980s titled, To Russia, With Love. Joe Shepley, Jr. – Arranger, Trumpet, Bass, Keyboard Joe Shepley, III – Drums Maryellen Shepley – Flute Jane Getter – Guitar Mike Holliver – Engineer
Joe played with Brazilian super-composer Deodato throughout the 1970s. Here’s Joe playing on Also Sprach Zarathustra, aka the theme from 2001: A Space Odysssey. … Read More Also Sprach Zarathustra
Another great track from Don Sebesky’s Giant Box, with Joe playing lead and a great solo from Freddie Hubbard. Classic 70s CTI Jazz for your enjoyment!
Joe played lead on Don Sebesky’s critically acclaimed album, Giant Box. This is a great track from it, Firebird/Bird of Fire: wonderful section playing and a killer solo from Freddie Hubbard.… Read More Firebird/Bird of Fire
Joe played lead for Harry Connick, Jr. on his breakthrough album, When Harry Met Sally.
Here’s some fantastic lead playing from Joe and Co. on It Had to Be You.… Read More It Had to Be You
The Big Apple Brass was a project Joe led with producer Buddy Scott in the late seventies. This is a great track, Funk Latino, from their first album that features hot solo work from Joe and a great percussion break down.… Read More Big Apple Brass